Bernardeschi partners Ronaldo ahead of Dybala for Atletico

Bernardeschi partners Ronaldo ahead of Dybala for Atletico

Diego made the motion where he put his hands to his genitals on February 20 during Atletico's Champions League round-of-16 first leg.clash against Juventus when his team took the lead in the 78th minute 1-0, ultimately winning 2-0.

With the odds stacked against Juventus, Cristiano Ronaldo once again proved why he is one of the best players of all time.

The hat-trick lifts Ronaldo 22 goals clear of Lionel Messi in the all-time Champions League goal-scoring charts with 124 in total.

He celebrated at the final whistle by mimicking the obscene gesture Atletico coach Diego Simeone made after the Spanish side's second goal in the first leg - having the final say against a rival he so often defeated as a Real Madrid player.

"This was why Juventus brought me here", he added.

Two of his five Champions League titles, in 2014 and 2016, have also been won by beating Atletico in the finals.

The 34-year-old's stunning overhead kick for Real in the quarter-finals in Turin last April had dumped Juventus out of the tournament once again.

How Cristiano Ronaldo's and Lionel Messi's Champions League records compare
How Cristiano Ronaldo's and Lionel Messi's Champions League records compare

Since the Madrid game he has not scored in the league and has been overtaken as the top Serie A scorer by Sampdoria's Fabio Quagliarella, who has 20 goals to Ronaldo's 19.

Manchester City breezed into the Champions League quarterfinals on Tuesday, but Pep Guardiola thinks Cristiano Ronaldo served a warning of how hard it will be for the Premier League champions to win the trophy for the first time.

When told that Juventus had never been able to achieve such a comeback, Ronaldo was typically forthright.

Call it whatever you like, this might already be the CR7 Champions League!

The heaviest ever Champions League defeat for a German side was assured when, six minutes from time, the Schalke skipper failed to stop Jesus' curling shot from squeezing under him. "We suffered, as happened to them in the first leg".

"Juventus played in a similar way to what we did in the first leg". Put simply, Ronaldo is the modern equivalent to a golden ticket for Champions League success.

Ronaldo netted from open play in each half and then converted a late penalty as Juventus advanced 3-2 on aggregate, ending Atletico's hopes of reaching the final at their Wanda Metropolitano Stadium.

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